Tornados, flooding and death left in southern storms' wake


A second tornado touched down in Robertson County on Saturday, the National Weather Service confirmed.

Weekend tornadoes killed at least five people, including three children, in the US South as a massive storm system with damaging wind and hail moved across the country and began drenching East Coast states.

Tornado damage seen over the weekend.

But "the storm is so vigorous that tornadoes are still possible after dark", he said. An additional 19 people - including two in critical condition - were taken to the hospital for treatment due to tornado-related injuries.

Franklin, Texas, was the victim of a large preliminary EF-3 tornado which caused winds of 140mph to devastate the town, causing significant damage. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged.

"It looks like a storm came up through Louisiana and into MS and exploded in Monroe County", Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told CNN.

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One person was reported dead in Monroe County, Mississippi as a tornado ripped through Hamilton, about 45 miles northeast of the campus of Mississippi State University.

But tornadoes aren't the only possible cause of destruction Sunday.

According to The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, the potential for isolated tornadoes also exists and could affect the Mid-Atlantic region. Damaging winds and other severe weather threats are more likely during a line of storms forecast to pass through during the overnight hours, they said.

The 38-member entourage from the Horry (OH'-ree) County School of Music, along with 17 chaperones, left Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday for Dallas-Fort Worth, but storms forced their flight to divert to Little Rock, Arkansas. Toppled trees are blocking streets.

According to Capt Alton Lenderman of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, the tree "flattened the auto like a pancake", but the parents, who were riding in the front of the vehicle, were not injured.